This remote hunting concession in the Mackenzie Mountains is reputed to contain some 11 million acres, which makes it roughly five times the size of Yellowstone National Park. It's so big many mountains have never felt a man's foot. Some of the sheep, I'm convinced, have never seen a man.
What generated so much excitement about South Nahanni this year was the company's plans to begin to scout and hunt this vast area thoroughly for the first time. To that end, they brought in a Hiller 12E helicopter, two Supercubs and a Cessna 185. All three means of transport are legal in the Northwest Territories, so long as the province's 12-hour waiting rule is obeyed. The company also raised the ante as regards amenities and infrastructure. See my September 1999 report (pages 10-12) for more on that.
What were the final numbers for this past season? Fifteen Dall sheep hunters took 15 rams with an average reported age of over 10 years. Several of the rams taken were excellent, but none broke the magic 40-inch mark. My own ram, which I have already mentioned in my previous report, was a wide-flaring 11-1/2 year old that measured 37-5/8 inches. I took it just 20 minutes from my camp.
Combination species hunters did well also. One client did not take a mountain goat, but he got the rest of his game. Another client took a huge bull moose, but I understand that it narrowly missed the Boone & Crockett Record Book........(continued)